The Brightside: The Beat Goes On Inc.
MARYLAND – A day that almost took one Salisbury woman’s life inspired her to start an organization that donates life-saving equipment to those in need.
“it was November 24th, 2019,” Jamie Ensor said. That date is stuck in Jamie Ensor’s mind forever. It’s the day she almost died.
“I was here with my husband, and my heart stopped beating. I went into something called ventricular fibrulation, I didn’t have a heartbeat, I was turning blue, and my husband knew something was wrong immediately,” she explained.
Jamie’s husband called 911 and thankfully Hebron and Delmar paramedics were quick to respond, saving Jamie’s life.
“They jumped in and shocked me a couple of times on the way to the hospital and did some other things, I had a heartbeat back before I got to the hospital,” Jamie said.
After that terrifying day began the recovery.
“I was really trying to find meaning in what happened to me,” she said.
And so she founded The Beat Goes On, Inc., a group dedicated to raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and just how common it is, even for people you may not expect.
“I had a lot of people who didn’t really know a lot about sudden cardiac arrest, asked me a lot of questions about it, especially with my age and being so young,” Jamie said.
Jamie says she knows she was saved that day back in 2019 by a shock from an automated external defibrillator, otherwise known as an AED. Knowing it saved her, Jamie says she’s on a mission to make sure people don’t just know what an AED is, but that they also have access to one if needed.
“The only way to survive sudden cardiac arrest is through a shock by an AED, and so I knew that making them more available in the community, here in Salisbury, all over the Eastern Shore, was something I wanted to do to help prevent future people from dying from sudden cardiac arrest,” she said.
The Beat Goes On Inc. donates AEDs to local businesses or organizations who apply for one. They rely on community support and donations to be able to buy and then give out these life-saving devices. Plus, she says by involving the community, it raises awareness of this deadly condition.
“365,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest annually, so it is one of the largest killers in America. A lot of people don’t think of that, with cancer and other diseases, but really sudden cardiac arrest kills more people than a lot of diseases combined,” Jamie explained.
It’s statistics and numbers like that that drives Jamie to keep talking about something that almost took her life.
“It’s really important to spread awareness for people to know what sudden cardiac arrests look like, so we want to provide awareness,” she said.
Jamie also says her organization is always looking for more people to get involved. If you’re interested, visit their website.